The Alumnae Association believes that every alumna has something to contribute. It provides opportunities for alumnae to connect with each other and to St. Margaret's, and it supports its members by encouraging participation, sharing resources, celebrating traditions, and building pride.
The best way to connect with St. Margaret's is to attend an event.
Contributing to the Annual Fund allows St. Margaret's to continue to be a leader among girls' schools, enhancing the educational experience you once enjoyed enjoyed.
The Alumnae Association is made up of over 2,000 alumnae and led by a team of officers who hold two-year terms.
Volunteer, visit campus, and connect with us on social media.
Alongside the Alumnae Board, the Development Team administers the day-to-day operations of alumnae relations.
Shop on our online store for your own Scottie Pride gear, or perhaps something for the holidays.
The Thistle, our annual magazine for alumnae, students, parents, and friends, is always a good read. Click on the electronic versions below for interesting articles about the entire SMS community. Contact the Office of Development if you would like to subscribe to this free publication.
Feature article: Lots to Celebrate in Athletics (pg 8-11)
Alumnae highlights: Cynthia Walker '00 (pg 15), Reunion (pg 20-21), Biddie Walker Shelor '61 (pg 22), Class of 1971 (pg 23), Class Notes (pg 25-55), Margaret Delk Moore '69 (pg 31), Alison Wasserman '01 (pg 35), Allison Ryan '06 (pg 37), Transitions (pg 40)
Staying Connected to St. Margaret's School
Greetings fellow Alumnae!
As the new president of the St. Margaret's Alumnae Association, I wanted to introduce myself to all SMS alumnae. I was raised on a dairy farm in King William Co., VA. My first connection to SMS was a family one: my older cousins Sally Townsend Hart '56 and Betty Rose Townsend Sexton '61 both graduated from SMS and my parents and I hoped that I could attend when it was time for me to choose a high school.
Two students who live in the Rappahannock River basin received the Daingerfield Merit Scholarship from St. Margaret's School. The scholarship provides funding to exceptional girls who are enrolled to attend as day students in the fall. The recipients, Grace Pierce, and Nancy (Nan) Garrett were chosen for their outstanding academic performance, strong character and citizenship and the potential for them to excel in all aspects of the school community.
St. Margaret's School sent the class of 2017 on their way rejoicing on June 3 at their 94th annual commencement exercises. Lauren Block Bauer, vice president of Elm Street Development in McLean, Virginia gave the commencement address.
Bauer, who is a former Board of Governors member and alumna of St. Margaret's (1997), commented in her address, "As a graduate of St. Margaret's, you have the intellectual ability and the tools you need to navigate college and beyond. You have learned the importance of your physical well-being. You know how to take care of yourselves and be kind to yourselves. You are socially responsible; caring, empathetic, thoughtful of others and our fragile earth. You know how to help others. You are spiritually mature."
St. Margaret's named alumna, Patricia Brincefield '71, as its Director of Communication and Marketing. In this role, she will be responsible for raising visibility and awareness for the school and its mission through creative messaging, consistent brand marketing, advertising, public relations and community outreach. Brincefield will work closely with school leadership to grow enrollment and strengthen ties to diverse communities. She will also serve as webmaster and media contact.
"We are quite fortunate to have found Patricia," explains Head of School, Cathy Sgroi P'00. "Her professional experience as a marketing strategist, writer and producer along with her many industry connections will help take us to the next level. Plus, she has a very personal relationship with St. Margaret's as an alumna and understands first-hand the transformative power our School can have on young women."
Calling all local history buffs! On Sunday, January 15, 2017, a Jefferson Scholar and St. Margaret's alumna will present her thesis on Thomas Jefferson and his use of French cuisine as a means of political and social manipulation during his presidency. This free event is open to the public and is the first of many enrichment opportunities to be offered through the Wheat Center for Innovative Learning at St. Margaret's School. "Frenchified" will take place in the Viola H. Woolfolk Center on St. Margaret's campus at 3:00 p.m. Please find a campus map attached and also online at www.sms.org/contact.
The presentation will dissect how Jefferson's love of food was more than merely a hobby, and in fact, played a vital role in his political career. It will be argued that his Congressional dinners indicate food was a political tool Jefferson used to exert presidential power over his adversaries. The study analyzes the food and wine he served, the people he hosted, and the size of his dinner parties, and how the food he served directly correlated to the success of his political agenda. Jefferson's unique approach to entertaining at the White House is also corroborated by personal accounts from politicians and socialites who attended Jefferson's dinners while in office. His distinct salon style of entertaining was developed from his love of French culture and his desire to establish Washington as a capital city equal to any in Europe. Ultimately, this drive to "Frenchify" White House entertainment set a precedent for American politicking and socializing.